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La libertad interior (Spanish Edition)

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Incluso en las circunstancias externas más adversas, el cristiano dispone en su interior de un espacio de libertad que nadie puede arrebatarle, porque es en Dios donde encuentra su origen y su mayor garantía.
Kindle Edition, 168 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Rialp (first published January 1st 2002)
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Jul 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
Recommended to booklady by: Mary Alice
How to describe this book? Modern spiritual classic? Essence of the Gospel? Everything you've always wanted to know—and maybe even read somewhere else—encapsulated and explained in 134 pages on how to live a happy, holy life in God. I could have (did!) highlight most of the book!

It’s going to take me awhile to go back through the book and type in all my favorites, so I expect to just add in a few each day.

“You were within me, and I was outside myself, and sought you outside myself!” ~St. Augus
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-list
Confession: I wouldn't have picked this book up if I wasn't part of the Catholic Spiritual Direction book club. And oh! What I would have missed!

Fr. Philippe hits a whole box of nails right on the head, puts the house together, and then roofs and sides it. (OK, I took the metaphor too far. But...that's what it felt like, reading it.) While he's dealing with some complicated matters of the spiritual life (ahem, the title says it all), he does so with language that my ten-year-old would understand
This little book is a treasure. Philippe supports each point by many scripture quotes with chapter and verse. There was so much in here that was just perfect. Some of my favorites: 1. When painful stuff happens, we can respond in one of three ways - rebellion, resignation, or consent. Only by consent can we be at peace. 2. We need to stay in the moment because only in the here and now does grace work with us. Dwelling on the failings of the past and/or worrying about the future simply make us mi ...more
Carly Rupp
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life. Changing. Book. Wow. I’m. Forever. Changed.
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interior Freedom is a gold mine, especially if you are faced with difficulties in life. It brought me peace and acceptance when things were out of my control and not what I would have liked them to be.
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a remarkable and amazing book.
Madison Lapke
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interior freedom was a 5-star Christian read. I love Fr. Jacques Phillippe’s writing and cannot wait to read more. The points reiterated throughout the book have truly changed my way of thinking and opened my eyes to living my life freely and knowing I have a loving God who takes care of me. I recommend to any Christian.
C.S. Wachter
Another fine book by Jacques Philippe that I enjoyed as part of my morning quiet time.
Susan Peek
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Interior Freedom" is one of several books I own and love by Father Jacques Philippe. His treatise on peace, "Searching for and Maintaining Peace" is, in my opinion, right up there with "Story of a Soul" and the works of Dom Marmion. This little volume is not far behind. Every chapter is consoling and breathes strength and courage. Each page made me long for deeper union with God. Father Philippe's style is very accessible and engaging, not at all dry or overbearing like some spiritual books can ...more
Kevin Wojciechowski
In Matthew 13:55, the people in the synagogue said of Jesus, "Is this not the son of Joseph the carpenter?" The questioning of Jesus' credibility is a testament to just how fully human and completely poor God became in the Incarnation. Being fully human, Jesus did not stick out in any way in terms of a dazzling appearance or usage of lofty terminology. Being poor, he must have been especially ignored by many. Thus "flesh and bones has not revealed" his majestic divinity. And yet, though he was f ...more
Meghan Furey
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FINALLY finished this, but this book is one where I have been trying to soak up wisdom as possible.

I love Jacques Philippe and once again, he provides simple guidance on how we connect ourselves to God by practicing faith, hope and love. Through an utter dependence on God and his infinite mercy, we will be free and able to truly embrace our identity as children of God. Some excellent nuggets of wisdom here!
What a helpful and powerful little book. It really does a good job bringing all those Christian concepts to bare in our modern world in all its implications. You could read the book in its entirety or each sub-chapter may have a nugget of wisdom to guide you through life. Highly recommend this book for those also discerning, whether it is a vocation or just an important decision to illuminate your motivations; likewise, I highly recommend this book for those who are returning or new to the Faith ...more
Sam U
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A short but inspiring book. Simple language was used by the author and I believe this book can help both Catholics and non-believers have a better understanding of true freedom
May 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Also another book that every Catholic/Christian should read!! It teaches real freedom, especially in regards to relationship. Honestly, a great marriage handbook in my humble opinion. Happy reading! :)
Rick Dugan
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interior freedom or inner peace is difficult to achieve, so we shouldn’t expect a book on it to be easy to read. The causes of our loneliness and anxiety are deeply entrenched in our nature, and the solutions offered to us in God’s word seem counter-intuitive, risky and supernatural. Yet there is an interior freedom that, if we discover it and cultivate it, can be maintained even in the most difficult circumstances. This is not “freedom from” problems, but “freedom for” faith, hope and love to g ...more
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book full of wisdom. My copy is highlighted throughout. May I live its lessons.
Jennifer Asp
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theological
I wish I could give this little book more than five stars. It is a gem.
Max Marko
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is among the most gentle and generally accessible writings on spiritual freedom that I have encountered. I believe Philippe does a marvelous job of synthesizing some of the more difficult/ancient texts and communicating their wisdom in way conducive to modern Christianity.

I recommend this book to any Catholic new to this topic!
Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is written in a very simple and straightforward way, by a Catholic priest on how to find happiness and experience freedom, accept ourselves and others, accept suffering, and experiencing grace in our lives. There is quite a bit devoted to the virtues of faith, hope and love, which I have never read about in the same way before.
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was so good, rich and insightful that I decided not to just highlight great thoughts, but to take notes. I took about 17 pages of notes, the best stuff. For a few examples:
True freedom is within us, not outside.
Our heart is imprisoned by selfishness or fears.
Faith, hope, and charity draw strength from whatever opposes them. Growth in them is the path to interior freedom.
Faced with unpleasant situations, three attitudes are possible:
Rebellion, Resignation, and Consent. The last is the attitude
Jonathan Widell
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Somebody gave this book to me to read and called it a pearl or something to that effect. I read it. Yep, it's a pearl. There is nothing in this book you don't already know but boy how helpful it is to have someone do the reconfiguration for you. The book's main point is that freedom is ultimately interior, independent of exterior circumstances. Wait a minute! That is not exactly it. There are snares that are infinitely more subtle, such as, strange to say, one's spiritual achievements. If one bu ...more
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow this author is a must-read for all Catholics! And maybe for any Protestants who are at all interested in Catholicism. A very traditional priest recommended this book to me. I kept reading the author's bio on the back because I kept finding myself in disbelief that he was catholic- he writes of the love and forgiveness of god in such a way that is entirely new for me to hear from the catholic perspective, and in ways that I have only heard Protestants speak before. Of course I know the church ...more
I spent several months reading, reflecting, and praying through this book, progressing through it no more than a few pages a day and, at times, only a paragraph or two per day. Although this book is only 120 pages, it's not a book that one should attempt to read from cover to cover as quickly as possible. Just the opposite, in fact! It is spiritual reading that requires meditation and prayer in careful consideration of each nugget of wisdom dispensed by Fr. Philippe as one seeks to draw closer t ...more
Bill Hennessy
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps the most powerful book on Freedom I've ever read.

If you think the government or Donald Trump or Barack Obama or the UN or the FBI or the NSA is a threat to your freedom, consider this: Viktor Frankl never felt more free than when he was an inmate in various Nazi concentration camps.

Fr. Jacques Phillipe guides your mind and your soul to true freedom that no power on earth can assail. Total freedom is a grace freely given by God, you'll learn, if only you will accept it.

This book is so
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most profound books I have ever read!!! Ten stars. This book is for ANY Christian wanting to understand the depth of God's love amid even the worst catch but a glimpse of His love and His purpose for events in your life. I couldn't go two pages without underlining so don't get the electronic version! Very few references to doctrinal slant so don't let that be a hindrance to experiencing this fresh insight into God's Word! Finishing this book today was a wond ...more
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful. Highly recommend this book. Reads like a spiritual classic simple and direct yet deep and profound. I could hardly put down my library's copy; am planning on buying my own copy to read again, mark up, and savor. ...more
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
Te author reinforced my desire to look only to God for my identity, to live in the moment and to strive to practice the virtues of faith, hope and charity. I'm looking forward to reading more of his books. ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Profound; I will need to re-read this multiple times to really digest it (I read a few pages at a time over a few months to try and really think about the ideas in this book). Short, very readable, the insights in this book are simple and yet mind-blowing.
Cathy Rodeheffer
Excellent. A way to find inner peace.
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Jacques Philippe was born into a Christian family on March 12, 1947 in Lorraine, France. After studying mathematics in college, he spent several years teaching and doing scientific research. In 1976, he met the then recently-founded Community of the Beatitudes and answered the Lord’s call to follow Him through this vocation (see below for more information on the Community of the Beatitudes). He th ...more

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